A lawyer who spat on protesters during a rally in Wisconsin meets with hate crime charges
Lawyer Stephanie Rapkin of Milwaukee was arrested for succumbing to the provocation of protesters and spat in the crowd around her. A 17-year-old Shorewood High School student, Eric Lucas, was a victim in this incident.
The reason for the protesters' aggression against Rapkin was that she blocked the march with her parked car.
In their defense, the accused Rapkin said she was afraid for her life, since most of the crowd did not wear masks. The video clearly shows that she also did not wear a mask. Later, in her testimony, the woman explained that she had survived a cancer treatment and that her immunity was weakened.
“The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has charged Rapkin with disorderly conduct as a hate crime and battery to a police officer,” reports AP.
According to police reports, a policeman who arrived at her home was hit in the leg after trying to detain a suspect.
State Rep. David Bowen later joined the allegations and severely criticized the actions of Stephanie Rapkin, calling it “battery” and was very pleased that the District Attorney “has added a hate crime modifier to her despicable actions”.
“I am glad to see that Ms. Rapkin has been formally charged, and even more glad to see that the District Attorney has added a hate crime modifier to her despicable actions. But I am incredibly disappointed to see that her charges have been downgraded to ‘disorderly conduct.’ What we witnessed was not just ‘disorderly conduct,’ it was battery. This woman purposefully spit on a child, and was fully aware of what she was doing during a pandemic.”
At the time of publication, Stephanie Rapkin did not comment on her allegations.